Only wooden pencil connoisseurs know that all sharpened wooden pencils are not created equal. The length of the sharpened lead core can make a big difference in a "make it or break it" lead experience. This pencil sharpener allows you to adjust the length of the sharpened lead core. Numbers are labeled on a dial, the larger the number the longer the sharpened lead core. Levels range from 1 to 5, as well as a "close" that shuts the pencil hole to avoid shaving spillage.
I seriously like this thing. 5 different lengths and each produces a sharp tip.
I already forgot if it's 1 or 5 that makes the regular pencil angle; I very
quickly decided 3 is my favorite setting. Slightly shorter than normal, sharpens
fast, good for sketching.
I bought this sharpener because it CLOSES. I've been having trouble with pencil
shavings escaping inside my pencil bag – invariably finding their way into my
kneaded erasers (which I finally had to isolate in tiny jars). I saw this
sharpener and thought Huzzah!
A Note: Do please set it back to "close" after every time you use it! --->
I kept mine open on a setting for several days, when I went to close the little
plastic slot had trouble sliding all the way. I thought Oh no I've broken it!
It's loose and rattles and won't stay shut! BUT... after a day or so of sitting
in the closed position, it returned back to its normal snappy fully-closeable
self. Yay! And whew. :3 (The settings mechanism inside is plastic so it was
probably starting to bend under those days of stress. Take away the stress, and
it relaxes back into shape.)
I am one of the few people left that prefer to use a wood pencil over a
mechanical one. Unfortunately, I have had a hard time finding a compact
sharpener that will provide a nice sharp point like the old school hand crank
sharpeners do. This sharpener by far is the best!! I actually prefer to use
this sharpener over the hand crank one I have...yes, that's right...I actually
have a hand crank sharpener mounted in the garage. I especially enjoy the
different settings available although my favorite would be the #3 setting.
I am in love with this sharpener, most sharpeners boast about different
sharpening settings and generally they dont deliver. Trust me, I've gotten
several sharpeners that say they do what this one actually does. This is worth
every penny. It doesnt seem like much, as the plastic body seems really weak and
easily broken. However this thing sharpens like a pro. I love the removable back
panel though I am afraid it will get lost. However so far so good. I love that
it closes as I have a 3 year old who likes to sharpen pens and this deters him
some as he gets more interested in just turning the wheel. There is definitely a
difference between the numbers and how it sharpens, small, but noticeable. I
like to keep at 3 as it's works the best for how I hold my pencil and draw.